9 March 2017: World Kidney Day (WKD)
The World Kidney Day 2017 was observed on 9 March 2017 with the theme Kidney Disease and Obesity: Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Kidneys.
The WKD 2017 sought to promote education about the harmful consequences of obesity and its association with kidney diseases.
About World Kidney Day
• The WKD is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF).
• The day is a global health awareness campaign with a focus on the importance of the kidneys.
• The day was launched to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.
• The themes of the World Kidney Day since its beginning in 2006 are –
2017: Kidney Disease and Obesity: Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Kidneys.
2016: Kidney Disease & Children. Act Early to Prevent It!
2015: Kidney Health for All
2014: Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and aging
2013: Kidneys for Life – Stop Kidney Attack!
2012: Donate – Kidneys for Life – Receive
2011: Protect your kidneys: Save your heart
2010: Protect your kidneys: Control diabetes
2009: Protect your kidneys: Keep your pressure down
2008: Your amazing kidneys!
2007: CKD: Common, harmful and treatable
2006: Are your kidneys OK?
The International Society of Nephrology (ISN)
• The ISN is a not-for-profit society dedicated to advancing the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kidney diseases.
• The society, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010, is active in over 126 countries across the world.
The International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF)
• The IFKF, a not-for-profit federation, was established in 1999.
• At present, it has a membership of 63 kidney foundations and patient groups in more than 41 countries.
• The foundation seeks to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of individuals with kidney disease.